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thanks for watching us at 5:00. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado pelley: tonight thousands ordered to evacuate. fast-moving wildfires are swallowing up homes in southern california. >> there's fire over here. there's fire over here. there's fire everywhere. we're surrounded right now. >> pelley: carter evans is on the fire line. holly williams is with rescue workers at the coal mine disaster in turkey. >> reporter: every time a survivor or a body emerges from the mine shaft, the crowd here pushes forward to see if it's friend.amily member or their >> pelley: vanita nair reports on a link between obesity and breast cancer. and jeff glor shows us what is inside the new national museum that tells the story of 9/11. >> it is emotional stuff. if people aren't sad here, we've done something wrong. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. western edition and news is breaking in the west tonight. the drought, a heat wave and strong winds are the elements for the disaster unfolding in southern california. wild fires are burning out of control in san diego county. this is carlsbad, the city sent notices today to 11,000 homes and businesses ordering people to get out. the calls about fires is one of four in the county, another is threatening homes at camp pendleton. >> cbs news correspondent carter evans is on the fire line in carlsbad, carter. >> reporter: about 15 homes have been damaged in this fire so far, some are a total loss. right now, firefighters are trying to save this apartment complex behind me and keep the flames from spreading. >> the fire began mid-morning in the brush outside of carlsbad, but by noon, it had moved into the upper middle class neighborhoods of this coastal
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town. the only thing in its way were firefighters moving from house to house, wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour blew the flames across streets. this was greg saska's home for nearly 50 years. >> we've never had a problem with this before. usually the fire department comes and takes care of it. but this time they were not as quick and efficient as they could be. >> reporter: residents were ordered to leave immediately. many only had time to grab what they could carry. >> we got to get them out of here right now! there's fire over here. there's fire over here. there's fire everywhere. we're surrounded right now. >> reporter: to give you an idea how fast this fire is moving this wall of flames raced up the hillside here in just the last few minutes. that's jeopardizing this elementary school right over here. firefighters haven't even arrived. crews were called in from across the region and they're tired. this is the second day in a row with temperatures near 100 degrees and low humidity. a fire yesterday in rancho
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bernardo forced thousands from their homes. much of southern california is covered by a blanket of tender dry vegetation after 27 months of severe drought. the fire chief said last year's fire season never ended. >> we never closed fire stations. we never closed air attack bases. because the fuel conditions and the vegetation conditions and the weather conditions were such that we had fire conditions year-round. >> reporter: california has seen more than 1,300 fires since january. that's twice as much as usual, and the driest months are still ahead. >> this is just one of a handfl of fires burning throughout southern california right now. there are 15 150 firefighters on this particular fire, and it did so much damage because it is in a densely populated area. the good news is, the wind is starting to calm down and the temperature is cooling off. but that red flag warning continues through tomorrow. >> carter evans, thanks. >> also in carlsbad tonight is
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reporter steve price of our cbs san diego affiliate, kfmb. steve, what has happened in that neighborhood where you are? >> scott, it has been a devastating day up here in the northern part of san diego county. we have just been able to do nothing but sit and watch after one house after another goes up. >> we see parents running to schools to grab their kids and so tough for firefighters who can do nothing when the flames jump from canyon to canyon, they are having a tough time dealing with this as well, you might be able to hear helicopterrers in the area and trying to do drops and what they can but the conditions so dry and in fact we have been in several situations where we thought we were safe, all of a sudan ember gets into the wind, goes into some brush near us and we have had to run as well. so just a really tough day for the folks up here in the northern part of san diego county. >> pelley: a lot of damage but no serious injuries so far. steve price of kfmb, thanks, steve. heat and drought have brought an early start to the wildfire season this year. nearly all of the counties in california have now officially declared that fire season has
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begun. which allows them to hire more firefighters. we'll have the very latest on the fires tomorrow morning on "cbs this morning." in another major story tonight, 274 are known dead in a coal mine catastrophe in turkey. families rushed to the scene as rescue workers brought out the dead and searched for as many as 150 miners still missing after yesterday's explosion and fire. holly williams reports from the mine near the town of soma. >> reporter: at the entrance to the mine this morning there were cheers of jubilation as these men appeared after being trapped underground for nearly a day. but by the afternoon a grim procession of stretchers carried one dead body after another.
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every time a survivor or a body emerges from the mine shaft, the crowd here pushes forward to see if it is their family member or their friend. many of the people here have been waiting for more than a day for news. nausrallah told us his 26-year- old brother, ozgur, was one of the trapped miners. do you think that your brother will be found alive? >> ( translated ): no, he told us. i'm not expecting that. i'm sure we've lost him. >> reporter: a line of ambulances stood by to rush survivors to the hospital. but instead, they carried the dead to a makeshift morning. the turkish prime minister recep tayyip erdogan visited the mine and promised an investigation into what caused this disaster. but as the hours wore on, grieve boiled over into anger. this man who said his nephew was
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trapped inside demanded answers now about what went wrong. many in turkey blame the government for what happened here and say safety standards in the country's mines aren't strict enough. murat gokmenoglu worked in a neighboring coal mine and told us he just spent 14 hours helping to carry bodies to the surface. you're a miner, when you see this kind of accident do you feel frightened? >> ( translated ): every time we go to work we're gambling with our lives, he told us. and every morning we say good- bye to our families as if it is for the last time. >> pelley: holly williams is joining us now. holly, is there anything known about how the fire and explosion started to begin with? >> reporter: well, scott, early reports said it was some kind of electrical fault. now though the mine operators say they don't know what happened. but thousands of people who have been protesting in istanbul tonight, that's turkey's largest
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city, say the real problem is that the turkish government is too close to the country's mining companies and has allowed extremely lax safety standards. >> pelley: more on this tomorrow, holly williams. thank you. president obama today challenged congress to rebuild america's crumbling bridges and roadways. standing in front of a 58-year- old span over the hudson in new york, the president said more than 100,000 bridges are old enough to qualify for medicare. trouble is the funding to fix them is shrinking as our transportation correspondent jeff pegues found in virginia. >> this is just one of the bridges that we identified that we just had to deal with. >> reporter: virginia's transportation secretary aubrey lane says these battered railroad ties are all that's left of this 80-year-old bridge near charlottesville. it's currently being replaced. and this... relics from the '30s. >> relics from the '30s. this bridge was first built in the '30s.
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i guess it's a testament of it lasted this long but it can't last forever. >> reporter: the reconstruction of the bridge is expected it to cost $4 million. virginia will pay half but the rest will come from the federal highway trust fund, the fund is financed by revenue from the gas tax. but according to the congressional budget office, spending from the fund has exceeded that revenue for more than a decade. just last week the administration sent this letter to states warning that the federal government will have to delay reimbursement beginning in late july. the fund could run out of money by the end of august. that couldn't come at a worse time for the nation's bridges and roads. across the country more than one-in-nine bridges are rated as structurally deficient. and 32% of america's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. charlottesville construction on the new bridge began eight months ago. the biggest concern now is will they have the money to finish the job.
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if the checks start bouncing in august, is that a nightmare for the state? >> absolutely it's a nightmare. the only thing we could take from that is if they're not going to be there in the future. >> reporter: the administration has proposed a $300 billion transportation bill and it includes revenue from business taxes and closing what the administration says are corporate tax loopholes. but scott in an election year, a tax increase of any kind is tough to swallow for republicans and democrats. >> pelley: up to congress now, jeff, thanks very much. today nigeria's president ruled out a swap of jailed islamic terrorists for those kidnapped school girls. more than 200 girls were taken four weeks ago by the militant group boko haram. a video apparently showing some of them were released on monday. u.s. spy planes have joined the search. a new study just out today finds a strong link between obesity and breast cancer deaths. and with americans growing
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heavier, researchers say obesity may soon replace tobacco as the number one risk factor for cancer. here's vanita nair. >> reporter: 59-year-old karen hackett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. >> so that first few months, you're just in a daze. then afterwards you get into like what do i want to do to be healthy for the rest of my life. so it was obvious that i should do something about my weight. >> reporter: in today's study researchers told 80,000 women like hackett who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. they found the risk of dying from the most common type increased by 34% for women who were obese before menopause. dr. clifford hudis is president of the american society of clinical oncology. >> that's the novell finding here. we used to think that this association was really seen primarily in older women. here it is being seen in young
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women. >> reporter: a new guide for cancer doctors and patients was released this week. it details the growing evidence obesity can drive tumor growth. >> being heavy may create a kind of rich environment for the promotion of growth of cancer. >> reporter: an obese person may have increased levels of insulin which can help certain cancer cells reproduce. fat tissue can also produce excess estrogen which is a risk factor for both endometrial cancer and the most common type of breast cancer. karen hackett started eating better and exercising more. she lost 30 pounds. >> the thing that you worry about the most is reoccurrence. and which isn't that difficult to do. >> reporter: cancer doctors have reason to be concerned about the growing problem of obesity. it's estimated that by 2030 there will be half a million additional cancer cases linked to obesity. >> pelley: cancer the second leading cause of death in women after heart disease. vanita, thanks very much. in orlando, florida, today, test
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results on two hospital employees came back negative for a rare virus known as mers-- middle east respiratory syndrome. results are pending for 18 other hospital workers. all had contact with a patient from saudi arabia who does have mers. one of two confirmed cases so far in the united states. it's turned up in 15 other countries as well. mers is fatal in nearly a third of cases but doctors tell us it does not spread easily from person to person. some veterans say treatment at v.a. hospitals can be more dangerous than combat. ambassador caroline kennedy visit japan's devastated nuclear ambassador caroline kennedy visit japan's devastated nuclear plant. and when a dog attacked, a little boy got some unexpected help when the "cbs evening news" continues. starts with back pain...
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and what were they saying to you? >> we don't do that. >> reporter: what do you mean, we don't do that? >> we don't get people off narcotics. our job is to write prescriptions. >> reporter: today the v.a.'s inspector general found 93% of long-term narcotics patients were also on a sedative called benzodiazepine, when mixed with narcotics the two drugs put patients at an increased risk of fatal overdose. only 9% of v.a. patients taking narcotics were seen by a pain clinic. and less than half of narcotics patients on multiple drugs had their medications reviewed by v.a. staff. a private doctor took brooking off the v.a.'s two dozen medications and prescribed him just one suboxone which treats pain while fighting narcotic dependence. >> i can't count how many friends i've lost due to narcotics.
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>> reporter: you've lost more friends from the service here at home due to narcotics than you did in combat? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: since we broke this story the v.a. says it has initiated some reforms and 40,000 fewer veterans are now being prescribed narcotics. the department also says more comprehensive pain management approaches are being implemented as v.a. hospitals around the country, scott. >> pelley: jim, thanks very much. the centers for disease control made a recommendation today that could transform aids prevention. the c.d.c. said hundreds of thousands of americans at risk of aids should take a daily pill called truvada. it has been shown to prevent hiv infections and many insurers already cover it. was oscar pistorius suffering from a psychiatric disorder when he shot his girlfriend? that story is next. that's why i got my surface. it's great for watching game film and drawing up plays. it's got onenote,
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>> pelley: today, a south african judge ordered psychiatric tests for oscar pistorius which will interrupt his murder trial maybe for months. a defense witness testified that pistorius has an anxiety disorder that may have influenced his judgement when he shot his girlfriend to death. pistorius, a double amputee, ran in the olympics wearing carbon fiber blades. in japan today u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy toured the ruins of the
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message. >> reporter: alice greenwald is the museum's director. >> we're here to remind ourselves that this could have been us. it could have been us that morning. and we have a moral obligation to remember these people. because all they did that day was get up and go to work in a high-rise building in the new york. i do that every day. >> reporter: the museum dedicated to all those who died in washington, pennsylvania and new york sits seven stories underground below the tower footprints. anthony gardner lost his brother harvey. gardner worked hard to preserve the box beam columns that mark exactly where the towers began. >> we now have a museum that tells our 9/11 story, our nation's 9/11 story. it's just going to have a tremendous impact on people, i think, as they come through
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these spaces, these sack reds spaces. there is the caverns on foundation hall sided by a concrete wall that held back the hudson river and never gave way and the last column, the final piece of wreckage removed from the site. it's now covered with tributes from first responders and families. >> this is emotional stuff. if people aren't sad here, we've done something wrong. but that isn't the end of the story. this is a museum about hope. >> reporter: hope, greenwald says, that only by bearing witness can we imagine a way out of the unimaginable. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: so they're not forgotten. that eat "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. now at 6:00, as record setting heat bears down on the bay area, some students are suffering in the sweltering classrooms. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. team coverage tonight on this record-breaking heat. first chief meteorologist paul deanno is at walnut creek with the official list of bay area cities that set records today. paul? >> reporter: it is a long list including walnut creek which tops 100 degrees today. unofficially 101. the aquatic center is buzzing. even the parents want to get in th water. it's still 93 degrees. every temperature on our map
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with an asterisk set a record. oakland 93. san francisco downtown 88. livermore two degrees shy of 100. san jose a record of 94. pacifica 82. and vallejo at 92. unofficially pittsburg and geyserville hit 100 degrees today. the cooldown begins tomorrow. i'm happy to report that. we'll still be 12 degrees above average in san francisco but a high of only 79. oakland still 18 degrees above average. but 8 degrees cooler. and san jose and concord another day in the 90s but we will not be flirting with 100 degrees coming up tomorrow. back out here live the water is a very inviting place to be. many inland locations hitting 100 today but the cooldown begins tomorrow. we'll talk about how cool and if we're going to warm back up again coming up later in the show. >> thank you. kpix 5 reporter ann notarangelo tells us that some students are really feeling the heat today at schools that don't have air-conditioning. ann. >> reporter: yeah, ken. we're in concord. it's been hot here all day long. it feels every bit of the upper